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Let’s try to look at Krakow Old Town from a new perspective. How can Krakow both inspire artists and commemorate them in the city space? Where to save the city’s aspirations and dreams? Or find a place for a new industry? Does everything have to fit together? Can a tenement house emblem inspire greater diversity of the Krakow biotope?
Hints and answers can be found in Krakow’s Old Town, which, thanks to the unique Krakow ARtour mobile application, will discover missed stories or unnoticeable buildings. Thanks to the augmented reality (AR) technology, you will go on a multi-threaded trip along the trail of the twentieth-century architecture of the Old Town of Krakow towards a sustainable future.

The walk is being created in cooperation with the Krakow-based BudCud studio, which specialises in creating diverse, informal spatial environments, full of references and culture codes.


Download and install free app Krakow ARtour.

Look at the map, find the active points marked on it, and hit the road to the Krakow Old Town! To activate the point where you are heading, choose the number of the corresponding pin on the map. When you get to the selected location, you will find the desired virtual pin by looking through  your phone’s camera. A yellow number will appear on the bottom right corner of the screen. That means you’re in the right place.
For example: you have activated on the map point #4 and you arrived at św. Jana street from the Main Square. The number 4 appears in the application and the story number 4 is activated: Feniks with many faces. Now point the phone at the facade of the building – an illumination of the story will appear. In the right bottom square, you can choose to read it by clicking on the menu with the desired number.

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Concept and coordination of the project: Elwira Wojtunik, Popesz Csaba Láng
Substantive study: BudCud
UX programming: Popesz Csaba Láng
UI programming: Milena Malecha
Graphic design: Milena Malecha, BudCud, Popesz Csaba Láng

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The project is being created as part of the Krakow program “Kultura Odporna”


1. City of symbols

House under the Globe, Długa 1 Street, Kraków
Built 1904-1906
Architects: Franciszek Mączyński, Tadeusz Stryjeński
Photo: Paweł Krzan

Take the example of the House under the Globe to see how architecture can manifest the ambitions, aspirations and dreams of its hosts. Recognize the symbolism of progress and development in the Old Town building, its façade emblems, the decor of the meeting room by Józef Mehoffer or the richness of the finishing touches.
See the richly decorated interior of the Mehoffer Hall in the application, including a phenomenal plafond depicting eight snakes winding among peacock feathers and a canvas depicting the triumph of man over the elements – so consistent with the idea of progress and development guiding the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

2. Urban hive

Tenement house under the Bees, św. Marka 8 Street, Kraków
Built: 1937 – 1938
Architect: Fryderyk Tadanier

Decorative emblems of Krakow’s tenement houses of the interwar period refer to the history of the city or the ethos and history of the investor. Find out what the bas-relief of the tenement house under Pszczółki is buzzing about and what lesson the three facade bees teach us about modernity.

3. City of contrast

Address: Szczepański 3 Square, Krakow
Built: 1959 – 1965
Architect: Krystyna Tołłoczko-Różyska

The Bunkier Sztuki is another important element of the multi-layered and complex organism of the Old Town. See in the application how this building – a manifesto of the present day at the Planty Park – was integrated into the historical context of the neighboring buildings. Notice the contrast (but also the harmony) of the past, present and future in the design of the city.

4. Feniks with many faces

The tenement house of the Life Insurance Company Feniks
Address: Main Square 41 / św. Jana 2 Street, Krakow
Built: 1929 – 1932
Architect: Adolf Szyszko-Bohusz

Krakow’s “Fenix” has been revived several times. Fortunately, from the side of ul. st. John, a fragment of its original facade has been preserved. While watching this original – juxtaposed with the historicizing stylization in the application – it’s worth considering the role of architecture in the service of political propaganda.

5. A city of mutual inspiration

The Tenement House Czynciel
address: Rynek Główny 4, pl. Mariacki 9, Krakow
time of creation: 1907 – 1908
Architects: Rajmund Meusa, Ludwik Wojtyczka

Just as the city is an inspiration for artists, its architecture should also tell stories, appreciate and pay tribute to local, outstanding artists.
Take a closer look at the façade decorations of the Czynciel Tenement House. In the architectural details of the building’s facade, discover the work of the outstanding artist who wrote his greatest work while living in this house.

6. Old Town Industry

The Zieleniewski Forge
Address: św. Krzyża 16 Street, Krakow
Built: 1837-1839

The old town location of Kuźnia Zieleniewskich is even more surprising as it is a place where the modern industry of Krakow was born. Today, we would call this plant innovative because it used advanced (for those times) technologies, producing elements of Krakow’s infrastructure.
Find out what the Old Town forge was producing. Get into the gears of the city’s functional program and think about where in the urban fabric there is room for new industry.

7. City of Architecture and Nature

The office of the Krakow Technical Society
Address: Straszewskiego 28 Street, Krakow
Built: 1905-1906
Architect: Sławomir Odrzywolski

Discover how Krakow’s natural spaces influence the city’s architecture. Find out why the façade of the Krakow Technical Society House is lined with white glaze and what influence the Planty had on the choice of façade finish. See what other connections to the urban biotope can be seen in the architecture of this truly Art Nouveau building.

8. City of abstraction

Fryderyk Chopin’s fountain
Address: Franciszkańska Street, Krakow
Designed: 1948-1949
Built: 2006
Architect: Maria Jarema

Did you know that the Fryderyk Chopin Fountain, apart from commemorating the work of the Polish pianist and composer, also stands as a monument to an outstanding artist from the Krakow Group?
Decipher the abstract design of the fountain and learn more about the water in the city. See how much water you use in a week. Maybe it is worth turning on the tap?

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